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Burnley’s former under-23 coach Michael Jolley is the new manager of Grimsby Town. He’s been appointed this afternoon on what they have described as an undisclosed rolling contract.

Grimsby have reported that they wanted to move away from the classic managerial merry-go-round and bring in an exciting, hungry coach who wants to stamp his mark and build a project going forward.

1415 burnley michael jolley 01 300x500They identified him as a primary target following an initial interview and it became apparent very quickly that he was the man they wanted and they have told their supporters that they believe it is a real coup to have persuaded him to join them.

On their official site, they have stated: “He spent three years under the tutelage of one of the UK’s finest Managers in Sean Dyche at Burnley as U23 Manager and having involvement in first team matters before significantly turning around the fortunes of AFC Eskilstuna in the Swedish Premier Division. They went from an average of 0.3 points in 12 games to 1.5 points in 8 games through August – beating top sides Malmo and IFK Göteborg on the way.”

They added: “He will bring a modern, cutting-edge approach to match preparation that will take the best bits from his time learning and coaching at clubs like Burnley, Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace and Crewe Alexandra. His reputation in the game is universally positive. He will also work closely with newly appointed Youth Development Association Head, Dave Roberts to ensure those values and learnings are enshrined throughout the club. We want to see more home grown players like young Harry Clifton coming through the ranks at Blundell Park.

“Michael has a track record of playing an exciting, high-pressing, attacking style of football. Michael will create a tactically astute, cohesive group with a focus on an ethos of youth development at the heart of his philosophy.”

On having his appointment confirmed, Jolley said via social media: “It’s a great honour to have been named as the new manager of Grimsby Town FC. I am extremely grateful to John Fenty and the board for showing faith n me and giving me this opportunity.

“To all the Grimsby fans who have got in touch, thank you for giving me such a positive impression of your fantastic club. Genuinely, it will be a privilege to serve you. I will do everything in my power to play my part in creating a football club we can all be proud of. In my experience, anything is possible, if we dream big, work hard and work together. If we are as one, we will be stronger.”

I had very limited dealings with Michael during his time at Turf Moor but in those I did, there isn’t one wrong word I can say about him and he was always very helpful. I wish him the very best in his first managerial role in England.

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